What is Dry Eye Disease?

 

Dry Eye Syndrome, or chronic dry eye disease, effects nearly 1 in 3 American adults and over 50% of contact lens wearers. This routine condition has numerous signs and symptoms. Often times patients are asymptomatic in the beginning phases of DES (Dry Eye Syndrome), but routine testing by your professional at Jarvis Vision Center can detect and treat DES quickly and effectively.

Don’t just assume you have to live with dry eyes! Talk to one of our doctors, at Jarvis Vision Center, and start enjoying the look and feel of your eyes again.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease include, but are not limited to:

  • Burning
  • Watering
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Inflammation of the eyes and eyelids

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, contact us today to discuss possible treatments.

Diagnosis

At Jarvis Vision Center, we incorporate both traditional and non-traditional means to both detect and treat chronic dry eye disease. Careful questioning about the environment you work in, medications you take, and symptoms you may have, help our doctors determine if you are at risk for DES. Utilizing slit lamp photography, specialized dyes, and direct measurement of your tears with TearLab®, your doctor will thoroughly examine your eyes and eyelid margins to look for signs of corneal damage or blepharitis.

Treatment

 

Once diagnosed, our doctors create an individualized treatment program to meet your eyes’ needs. This may include traditional over the counter artificial tears or prescription medications, or more advanced in-office treatments with BlephEx®or Pelleve®. In addition, Jarvis Vision Center provides many all natural approaches to treating this disease with nutritional supplements, including EyePromise® EZ Tears, and facial products from Eye Eco™.

Blephex

Blephex is a process that cleans they glands around the eye and frees up the tear ducts to produce healthy, clean tears.  It clears away blockages in the base of your eyelashes and stimulates your body’s natural, healthy tears.

For more information on Blephex, watch the video below.

 

Pelleve

This treatment heats and massages away build up in the tear ducts and glands around the eye.  Pelleve can be used on its’ own or in conjunction with Blephex.  Pelleve also stimulates the growth of collagen and can help to tight the skin around the eye and reduce wrinkling.  For more information on Pelleve, visit our Eye Spa.